About Us

Centus Background and 2016 Annual Report

  • Centus Counseling, formerly the Samaritan Counseling Center, was founded in 1982. This year, 2017, marks our 35th Anniversary.
  • Centus is accredited by the Samaritan Institute to assure high quality, cost-effective, spiritually integrated counseling and provision of an adjusted fee schedule for those in need.
  • Centus’ core service is mental health counseling. We provided 8231 counseling service units in 2016 serving 865 clients. Centus also provided 1500+ units of service through our school program caring for 83 students.
  • The most common diagnoses we work with are trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders and addictions. Individuals, couples and families come to us with loss, grief and relational or life stressors that have become too difficult to manage.
  • The 16 Centus clinicians are all experts at evidence-based counseling and psychotherapy as well as the use of spiritually integrated approaches.
  • In 2016 33% of our clients had insurance or EAP benefits, 42% had Medicaid or Medicare coverage, many of these individuals and families were served in the community. Another 20 % of our clients were served via an adjusted fee scale, this allowed those without insurance or who were underinsured to be seen at an affordable rate. 5% of Centus clients paid full fee. All sources of payment combined covered 86% of the cost of providing quality behavioral healthcare.
  • Fourteen local congregations support us by offering dedicated office space at no cost to Centus. This represents approximately $5000 per site each year as an in-kind donation. Some Centus partner congregations also donate annually from $2,000 – $4,000 per year.
  • For every counseling session, funds need to be raised through events, grants and from many individual donors to cover the actual cost of counseling. The Board of Directors led our efforts to raise the 14% of the annual budget needed to fund our vital mission in 2016.
  • The Centus School Counseling Program operates through the dedicated leadership of Susan Shamos. The schools have at least 1/3 population of high need students and families and no other mental health counseling service.
  • Mental Health First Aid was offered with funding from Centura Health Links and the provision of space by Congregational Partners for 6 MHFA trainings in 2016,179 people participated.
  • Centus offers services for veterans and their families. Sheltering Each Other: Faith Filled Support for Military Families is a collaboration with Operation One Nation. OON was developed by Bethany Lutheran along with Centus to address gaps in service, and to raise support to cover the cost of counseling for deployed and returning military and their families.

Centus Clinicians and Counseling Satellites, Current

  Satellites Clinicians
1 Peace With Christ Lutheran, Aurora David Hay, M.Div. LPC
2 Christ Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch David Hay, M.Div. LPC

Cathy Daly, LMFT

3 Wellshire Presbyterian, Denver Patti West Schramm, LCSW
4 Montview Presbyterian, Park Hill, Denver Rev. Marilyn Wolfe, LCSW
5 Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian, Lakewood Todd Kemp, LPC
6 Hope United Methodist, Greenwood Village Jessica Burchinal, LPC
7 Messiah Community, Park Hill, Denver Kim Godell, MS, LPC
8 New Hope Presbyterian, Castle Rock Cathy Daly, LMFT
9 Bethlehem Lutheran, Longmont Chris Woodward, LCSW
10 Greeley / Private Space Ann Price, LCSW
11 Providence Presbyterian, Parker Brad Fabling, LPC, MS, NCC
12 First United Methodist, Loveland Ann Price, LCSW
13 St Thomas Episcopal, Park Hill, Denver Demelza Newman, LPC
14 Centus Main Office

(Shared office with The Samaritan Institute in the Chase Bank Building)

Rev. Marilyn Wolfe, LCSW

Todd Kemp, LPC

Mollie Byington, LPC

15/16 Centus School Counseling Program

1.     Escuela De Guadalupe and

2.     St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal School

Susan Shamos, PhD Program Director

Kira Colgan, MS, LMFT Bilingual Counselor

Kirsten Barnard, MSW



Client Satisfaction Data

91% of clients report good to significant progress made in therapy

93% of clients rate their therapist skill levels as strong to highly skilled

95% of clients rate their experience as positive to highly satisfied


Centus Leadership Team

Executive Director, Paul Bretz, 303-639-5240 #14, Clinical Director, Patti Schramm, 720-666-1511, Medicaid Supervisor, Kim Godell, 303-870-9583, Finance Manager, Paul de Leeuw, 303-639-5240 # 18, Office and Billing Manager, Kim Kucera, 303-639-5240 #15,